Higgins Band Will Be Rested, Ready … and Probably Decorated

The Higgins Keep track of Sunday’s British Columbia Country Music Association awards, which will be doled out Oct. 26 in Coquitlam, B.C., and you’ll know just how many of the awards The Higgins will be toting into Bremertron for their Nov. 7 at the Admiral Theatre.

The photogenic young family band from Delta, B.C. — John Higgins , 26, and his sisters Eileen , 22, and Kathleen , 20 — will perform at the BCCMA show, where they’re also nominated for 13 various awards, ranging from B.C. Entertainers of the Year to honors for their producer, videos and Web site.

Then they won’t play again until they hit the stage at the Admiral. Dinner, for those of you with the wherewithal to make reservations, is served beginning at 6:30 p.m., and The Higgins will bring all that pent-up energy from a week’s vacation onto the stage at 8 p.m.

"It’ll be a kickoff night for us," Eileen said The Higgins during a phone interview Oct. 23. "It’s the start of quite a few dates for us (the group will tour well into December), so we’re really looking forward to it."

Both John (guitar) and Eileen (mandolin) are nominated for individual musicianship awards. Eileen won the "special instrument" category in 2007 for her playing. The group is also up for songwriting honors, based on the material on their June release, "Real Thing" — a CD, ironically, that takes its name from one of the few songs some combination of the siblings didn’t write.

Eileen said the Admiral show will include both electric and acoustic components — the threesome (Kathleen also plays guitar) will be backed by another guitarist, bassist and drummer.

In the four or five years since they were singing a cappella, mostly-for-fun gigs, Eileen said she thinks The Higgins have become a polished and crowd-pleasing unit.

"We think we put on a good show," she said. "We just want to be real with the audience and have a lot of energy in our shows."

After a week off, they ought to be rarin’ to go.

Information: (360) 373-6743, admiraltheatre.org, higginsmusic.com

More later … — MM

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